1. Bill Evas – Explorations
Absolute masterpiece and one of my favourite jazz albums of all time.
2. Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions
K&D made a timeless album and coined the lofi, downtempo sound from that moment on. Highly recommended and highly addictive LP! Not to mention this absolutely brilliant remix for Depeche Mode.
3. St Germain – Tourist
Ludovic Navarre is definitely one of the future jazz genius and pioneers of this decade. First time I heard this album I was immediately blown away by the sound and fusion between jazz and electronica, an exquisite blend. Very inspiring and one my reference records for production and composition.
4. Beastie Boys – The In Sound From Way Out
Brilliant instrumental album by the Boys!
5. Rhythm & Sound ft. Paul St. Hilaire – Free For All (Soundstream Remix)
One of my late night Dub weapons. Also recommend the See Me ya remixes album, proper Dub style work.
6. Moodyman – Like U Use 2 (feat Andre’s)
Moodymann needs no introduction, the man is an electric machine of making all genres and styles of music. Big up to Kenny and the city of Detroit!
7. Jazzanova – The Remixes 1997-2000
This Berlin collective has been one of my musical references since i started producing back in the early 2k’s. The remixes album from 1997 – 2000 is pure gold.
8. Bruce Springsteen – State Trooper (Trentemøller Mix)
Many times I finishined my DJ sets wich this soothing bomb! Trentemoller is super elegant in his productions, this remix of Bruce Springsteen is a true eargasm…
9. Superpitcher – Happiness [Michael Mayer Remix]
Another secrep weapon and one of the first 12” records i bought, always works at peak time in the club. Superb!
10. Vitalic – Poison Lips
Afterhours banger! Can never go wrong with Vitalic’s Tunes. Proper electro belter!
Armando Mendes – Parallel Universe (Turquoise Records)
Portuguese artist Armando Mendes makes a huge statement with his debut album ‘Parallel Universe’, which was written and recorded over two and half years between LA, London and Berlin with legends including Robert Owens, Ithaka from the N.W.A. crew and Defected’s Jinadu. Armando Mendes is one of Portugal’s most assured artists. His rich and musical sound is informed by jazz and funk and he has played all over the world from Russia to Australia, all while picking up more than 80,000 monthly plays on Spotify for his music. His tremendous debut album ranges across the electronic music spectrum from downbeat and jazzy to deep house and electronica. Ithaka is the guest on the album opener ‘This Life’s All We Got,’ which is a lush downbeat song with pensive lyrics. Late-night jazz house stylings define ‘Things U Do 2 Me’ while ‘Acid Yardies’ looks to the club with its serrated 303s and dubwise drums. Chicago vocal royalty Robert Owens lends his heartfelt and buttery tones to the perfectly deep ‘No Regrets’ and after an acid and piano ambient fusion on ‘MS20 Interlude’ there is more rich, spiritual and jazzy house (‘Parallel Universe,’ ‘ Khun Pui – Mae Nam’ and ‘The Melody Inside’) as well as more synth-laden and electronic grooves to get dance floors moving (‘One Night in Bangkok’). The majestic, percussive and colourful ‘Tropical Affair’ is just that, then things get tender and introspective on the gorgeous ‘Electric 88’ before a radio edit of the classy pop-house that is ‘The Melody Inside’ feat. Jinadu closes things out in emotional fashion.